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Discussion in 'World Cup 2014: General' started by johnbarley2, Jun 14, 2014.
The dutch have stopped being that beautiful playing offensive-minded nation a long time ago...
We were talking about how there's been one big story every day.
I wonder what the story will be for tomorrow?
Best World Cup EVER!
Gotta say that Italy-Uruguay match makes me want to take a day or two off from this WC ... What a disgrace. A lazy petulant Balotelli. Scandalous red card tackle by Marchisio. A game full of fouls and dives and whining and time wasting etc ... And to top it off that disgusting moment from Suarez bringing shame to the sport. Send both these teams home please.
we keep getting our daily story. This thing can't get much better. or can it...?
They're making a comeback.
After the 2008 Euro- where they were offensive but got trounced by Russia- they turned to the dark side and almost hacked their way to a World Cup win.
But so far this time around, it really looks like they're on their way back to being all about the attack. I mean, yeah, they're scoring most of their goals on counterattacks now, but it's not like they hang back Mourinho-style. They're clearly more open now than in 2010 or 2012.
i agree. This team is the closest one i have seen to the famous 70s one.
What a World Cup.. not a single boring day:
Day 1 - Nishimura's controversial calls in the opening match / Neymar debuts in WC with 2 goals
Day 2 - Spain 1 - 5 Holland / Van Persie diving header
Day 3 - Costa Rica upset (3-1 v. Uruguay)
Day 4 - Messi last min goal v. Bosnia in Argentina's 2-1 win
Day 5 - Brooks late goal to break USA's Ghana curse / Germany 4 - 0 Portugal
Day 6 - Memo Ochoa MOTM performance v. Brazil
Day 7 - Spain eliminated with one game left in group stage / Cahill volley v. Holland
Day 8 - Luis Suarez returning from injury to score 2 in Uruguay's 2-1 victory v. England
Day 9 - Costa Rica upset part II (1-0 v. Italy) / France 5 - 2 Switzerland
Day 10 - Messi 90 min brilliance v. Iran for Argentina's qualification to R16 / Germany 2 - 2 Ghana
Day 11 - Portugal 94th minute goal to tie USA 2-2 and keep qualification hopes alive
Day 12 - Mexico qualification / Brazil's first "big" win / 14 goals in 4 games that day
Day 13 - Luis Suarez bite / Italy and England eliminated in group stage / Costa Rica advances to Round of 16 for second time in history
Day 14 - 2 Messi goals v. Nigeria, for a tally of 4 goals in 3 games
Day 15 - USA makes it out of "Group of Death" / Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo go home early
Day 16 - Chile's last PK in dramatic shootout hitting the post for their elimination and Brazil's advancement to QFs / Colombia advancing to QFs for first time in history
Day 17 - Holland late goals (88', 94') in 2 - 1 victory v. Mexico / Late Greece goal v. Costa Rica to take game to extra time / Costa Rica advancing to QFs for first time in history
Day 18 - Algeria surprisingly taking Germany to extra time, nearing another upset
This is the greatest cup ever, right? Seriously, 50 matches in, and how many have been stinkers? How many have been terrific?
In my lifetime, without a question.
Maybe 2 or 3 stinkers at most.
Even Germany-Algeria, which was pretty boring for the first 90, really picked up in extra time and was amazing.
This wc seems scripted. Couldn't have been any better.
Perfect World Cup so far.
En route to be one of the best ever.
Just fantastic! The round of 16 games were so intense, especially towards the end.
I'll take struggles advancing over breezing through boring games any day
Well since the round of 16 happened this WC has been just as crappy as any other. Teams hacking and diving ... Teams clinging on to 1-0 or 1-1 results. No surprises. All the big teams just doing enough to barely advance.
Oh well ... only 4 more years 'til 2018.
Round of 16 was fine (although referees messed up several outcomes, most notably Mexico - Netherlands and Nigeria - France), but the 1/4 finals so far have sucked. Unfortunately unless Costa Rica play the game of a lifetime I don't expect any change with the final game.
Lol, what a joke. The level of football is the worst I've seen by far, only 2002 comes close.
Through the round of 16, this WC was the best ever (I've seen everyone since 78). The 1/4 finals have been disappointing. The end of CR-Neth was good and Colombia-Brazil could have been a 3-2 or 4-3 Classic had the ref pulled some yellow cards out in the 1st half. But really not as good as the '10 1/4 finals: Neth comes back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 & Melo is sent off. The amazing Ghana-Uruguay match with Suarez handball on the line and Gyan missing the PK. Germany trouncing Argentina 4-0. Only Spain-Port was a sleeper (thanks tiki taka).
In fact, I would say that this has been the worst set of 1/4 finals I can remember. Really too bad, because it's these later stage classic matches that are remembered in the long run. Think Italy-Brazil from '82, France-Brazil or Spain-Belgium from '86, England-Cameroon from '90, Brazil-Neth, Bulgaria-Germany or Italy-Spain from '94. These were amazing matches from 1/4 finals. The SF's still have a chance, but I honestly see another cagey match from Arg-Neth and Brazil-Germany will deteriorate quickly of ref allows Brazil to persistently foul deep in Germany end to prevent them from starting attacks.
I know, Spain was just terrible can't remember them in 2002 but they must have had a better Cup than this one...
The Spain of 2010 would have won this sh*t tournament even with their legs tied up
lol, yeah. beacause there were so many changes in the roster from the 2010 to the 2014 team right? Especially because in 2010, Spain just completely destroyed every opponent they faced. lol. get a freaking grip.
Spain could barely score in 2010. Worst goal average EVER of a winning team.
They didn't need to score. They could keep 75% of possession if they wanted to. Nobody could stop their passing.
The key component to their style was to press the ball in packs whenever they lost it. That was the difference between '10 and '14. They were too old and just didn't have the legs to chase people down like in '10.
yes, and? Still made for boring, ultra defensive football. Which is exactly why Tiki Taka is boring. Because it´s DEFENSIVE football to the extreme. It´s totally defensive, with the difference that the defense here is not letting the opponent have the ball.
imho, one of the best things of this World Cup has been the big invasions from S.American fans, which created a World Cup atmosphere in many games that was lacking in S.Africa or in Japan/Korea
argentine song provoking Brazil... I don´t understand the entire lyrics, but it starts with "Brazil, tell me how you feel" and ends with "... Maradona being greater than Pelé"